Mansfield woman assaulted her female victim after accusing her of spreading rumours she had hepatitis

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A Mansfield woman launched an assault on her female victim after accusing her of spreading rumours that she was suffering from hepatitis, a court heard.

Janette Talbot 45, was found guilty of assaulting the woman at the Byron pub, Mansfield in July.

Talbot, of Layton Burroughs was convicted of the offence on 5th November and appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 12th November, for sentencing.

District Judge Morris Cooper heard that the complainant had known Talbot for a few months as the two women went to the same pub.

The complainant said on the day of the assault Talbot had begun shouting at her and her husband, claiming she had been spreading rumours that she had the health condition.

She had gone outside for a cigarette, when she said Talbot had put her hand around her throat and pushed her to the floor, demanding to know who had told her about the rumour.

Talbot had carried on the assault, kicking her in the thigh and hit her again after she threatened to call the police.

Talbot denied grabbing the complainant.

She told police she had pushed her to the ground in self defence after the complainant had grabbed her by the throat.

But the prosecution’s version of events was accepted by the District Judge at her trial

Talbot was given a one year supervision order and ordered to undertake 10 days of alcohol education sessions.

She was given a one month curfew order which would be electronically monitored.

Talbot was ordered to pay compensation of £70, £200 costs and £60 victim surcharge.